Bridgestone JGR Hybrid Review: ClubTest 2016

April 19, 2016



CATEGORY: Game Improvement Hybrids
PRICE: $170
WE TESTED: 2 (19°), 3 (21°), 4 (23°), 5 (25°) with Aldila NV 2KXV graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A flexible crown pairs with a stiff sole to increase launch.


PLAYABILITY: Easy to hit a repeatable draw; a good trouble club — smallish head and rounded leading edge enable this one to cut through rough and get to the ball from tricky lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: This reliable performer keeps the ball tracking toward the target; poor shots don’t look as bad as they probably should — toe hits and thin ones hold their own, particularly distance-wise.
DISTANCE: Pretty long sticks; reasonably sized sweet spot means misses get close to the target; piercing trajectory translates to plenty of rollout.
FEEL: A consistent, dense feel across the face; little to no harshness or instability on mis-hits; meaty head fosters a good tempo and swing speed.
LOOK: It conveys confidence — traditional head shape with useful alignment aids on the crown, including subtle indentations plus yellow and white accent marks; testers like the aggressive black, white and yellow color scheme; rounded leading edge looks like it can power through any lie.


Not for those who prefer understated color schemes; feedback doesn’t say much about where you caught it; players looking for a high-flying hybrid on approach shots should look elsewhere.

BOTTOM LINE: A wide range of handicaps can benefit from its consistent length and boring shot shape. The JGR devours yards off the tee and gracefully extracts you from all sorts of trouble.


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